Ohio Weekly Roundup
Cheers to 26 years of beers from Barley’s Brewing Company! This Columbus institution will celebrate today with the tapping of their Christmas Ale. Leo Welsh (LEO!), anthem singer for the Columbus Blue Jackets will begin the ceremony at 7 p.m. and get the beer flowing. All partygoers will also receive a limited edition pint glass with their first purchase of Christmas Ale (one per customer). Get all the details at facebook.com/barleysbrewing
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Random Precision Brewing will release seven new barrel-aged sour beers at their brewery taproom in Columbus. They will have three versions of Unforeseen Consequences golden sour (including one aged in a tequila barrel with lime and sea salt), two versions of Passage of Time red sour, and two versions of a sour stout. For more details check out Cheryl Harrison’s write-up at drinkupcolumbus.com
North High Brewing released “Break on Through” – their new west coast double IPA – on draft and in cans this week. The Doors-inspired brew is dry-hopped with Cascade and Chinook hops to give a piney aroma along with strong grapefruit flavor. Grab a pint at North High’s taproom in the Short North or look for six-packs at select retailers.
For the first time ever, Willoughby Brewing Company will offer their legendary Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter in cans. The release is set for Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. with can sales starting at noon. Ticket holders will be able to purchase two six-packs of the beer and will also receive a pint of the draft beer of their choice. Only 300 tickets were made available for sale and they must be purchased online. To purchase and get full release details, go to facebook.com/willoughbybrewingco
Meanwhile, just up the street in Willoughby, BRIM Kitchen & Brewery released their newest beer this week. Named for the Norse god of mischief, Loki’s Dark Heart is a chocolate raspberry milk stout that will play tricks on your senses. This 5.3% ABV treat is available on draft while supplies last.
Saucy Brew Works announced this week that their beers will now be distributed statewide. In July, the brewery expanded into the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton markets through a partnership with Cavalier Distributing. Now Saucy flagship beers Habituale, IPA ASAP and Love You Bye (as well as some seasonal releases) will be available across Ohio. Read more at saucybrewworks.com
After taking home a silver medal at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, Ignite Brewing Company will soon have their award-winning Cherry Blonde ale back on draft. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the brewery will tap the first batch made since the GABF competition. Get down to Ignite’s brewery taproom in Barberton this weekend to celebrate with a pint of Cherry Blonde. Details at facebook.com/ignitebrewingcompany
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Birdfish Brewing will release Excellent Adventure, a hazy double IPA double dry hopped with copious amounts of Vic Secret hops. This is a very limited can run – one 7-barrel batch – and is expected to go very quickly. Can sales begin at 4 p.m. at Birdfish’s production brewery in Columbiana. Details of this triumphant release available at facebook.com/birdfishbrew
To celebrate Learn to Homebrew Day on Sunday, Nov. 4, Modern Methods Brewing will host their inaugural Monster Mash. Homebrewers are invited cook up a batch of wort on the Modern Methods brewhouse. At knockout, brewers will fill up their fermenters and take the wort home to finish. The resulting beers will be judged in December. Get all the details and register to compete at facebook.com/modernmethodsbrew
If you’re looking for a jolt of flavor, Moeller Brew Barn has teamed up with Biggby Coffee on a series of coffee beers. The first two were released this past week: Brown Sugar Bourbon Coffee Stout and Michigan Cherry Coffee IPA. These single-batch brews are available on draft only for a limited time at the brewery in Maria Stein. To learn about future beers in this collaboration series, follow Moeller Brew Barn at facebook.com/moellerbrewbarn
Flatrock Brewery released Pritchard Lane Christmas Ale this week at their brewpub in Napoleon. The brew is a holiday-spiced version of the brewery’s flagship Pritchard Lane pale ale. If that doesn’t pack enough of a warming winter punch for you, mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 15 when Flatrock will release their barrel aged imperial Christmas ale in a limited run of bottles. Details at facebook.com/flatrockbrewerydistillerynapoleon
A little late for International Talk Like a Pirate Day but just in time for Halloween, Buckeye Lake Brewery tapped their newest beer, Land Lubber IPA, earlier this week. Upfront aromas of pine, spice and hints of orange give way to flavors of pine, orange peel, earthy clove and bubblegum, complimented by a subtle, crackery sweetness. Avast! She be pouring only on draft, ye scurvy dog. Make rudder smartly for Buckeye Lake while ye can.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Weasel Boy Brewing will host a fundraising event for Zanesville’s Restoration Park. The event starts in Restoration Park and ends up at Weasel Boy after a 200-step walk. Funds raised from walk registration will be used to construct an earthen stage for future entertainment at the park and to support an annual movie/concert series. To register for the walk or make a donation, go to weaselboybrewing.com
Cheers to a year of beer from Fretboard Brewing Company! The weekend-long celebration kicks off today at the brewery in Blue Ash. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Fretboard will release Klosterman Rye Bier, a collaboration with Cincinnati’s iconic Klosterman Baking Company. The subtly spicy rye lager will be available on draft and in six pack, 12-ounce cans starting at 11 a.m. Full event details at facebook.com/fretboardbrewing
Welcome Swine City Brewing, the newest member of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association! The brewery opened their doors this past January in Fairfield and will be hosting a Friendsgiving community potluck on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. (Swine City provides the turkey, which I guess makes them Turkey City for the day…) Stop in for a pint and get your Ohio On Tap passport stamp!
FigLeaf Brewing is bringing back their fan favorite Basmati Cream Ale today. The light, refreshing brew features notes of subtle white popcorn aromatics, a base of Pilsner malt and is balanced with Liberty hops. Blackberry, raspberry, and butter rum coffee Basmati variants will also be available for a limited time at the brewery taproom in Middletown.
Three huge seasonal releases coming from Warped Wing Brewing Company in November. First is Esther’s Li’l Secret, the brewery’s annual collaboration with Esther Price Fine Chocolates – per tradition, the flavor will not be revealed until the launch party on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the downtown Dayton taproom. Warped Wing’s spiced winter lager, Holiday Special, will be released at the taproom on Thursday, Nov. 15. Then, at the end of the month, The Abominator German-style doppelbock returns on Thursday, Nov. 29. Details on all releases at facebook.com/warpedwing
Lock 27 Brewing’s first can release is happening today at both their Dayton and Centerville locations. Testcanone is a massively-hopped New England IPA. Prodigious citrus fruits on the nose, plus bursting flavors of tangerine, papaya and ripe grapefruit, paired with a soft mouth feel and a rounded bitterness. Pick up your six-packs starting at 11 a.m.